Ashfield School and Post 16 Centre were recently visited by Ofsted for a short inspection, and the verdict was that they remain a ‘Good’ school.
Ofsted’s report outlined what staff, students and parents already know…that the leadership team has “maintained the good quality of education in the school”. They are supported by staff who work tirelessly to enable students to achieve their full potential, and who were described in the report as “going the extra mile” to do just that.
In addition to academic achievement, the school was commended for the fact that it “fosters in the pupils a sense of self-worth and of respect for others”, and that the leadership team has “invested the school with a strong sense of moral purpose”.
Attention turned to the school’s thriving Post 16 Centre, which was described as offering a “broad and inclusive curriculum”. With a 99% pass rate at A Level, inspectors also highlighted that “achievement in vocational subjects…is strong”. No wonder, then, that in the last 3 years it has seen an increase of 185% in applications from students from other schools.
It’s impossible to mention Ashfield without passing comment on the incredible facilities at the school, of which inspectors said: “The school is well run and well organised. The school buildings and grounds are tidy and well respected.”
Ashfield’s Head Teacher, Mr Richard Vasey, said of the report: “The comments in the report are a true reflection of the commitment and hard work put in by staff to ensure a good education, in happy and safe surroundings, for each one of our students. We encourage and support our students to work hard and to have aspirations and goals for their future, and they respond very well to this. Our reputation is certainly growing, which is illustrated by the huge increase in numbers in Post 16, and the fact that we have a waiting list of students wishing to join us in September in Year 7. We look forward to building on this and taking the school from strength to strength.”